Music Therapy | Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

Music Therapy programme

The Music Therapy programme uses research and evidence-based practice to assist patients’ relaxation, reduce stress, relieve pain and discomfort, and improve mood. It can also provide patients with an outlet for expression and to explore difficult feelings through a supportive and creative framework.

The Lifehouse Music Therapy program consists of sessions for inpatients, outpatients, family members and carers and includes listening and participation in love music and original song writing. This service is available to all patients of Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and does not require any prior skills or musical experience.

Patients can take part in:

  • Bedside music therapy and song writing;
  • Musical skill building on a range of instruments
  • Recording projects, and performances
  • Weekly Lifehouse choir


How to refer a patient:

If you feel there are patients who would benefit from music therapy, please contact the Music Therapist Jack Thomas. 


The Lifehouse music therapy program was founded by Lifehouse Music Therapy Fellow Dr Emma O’Brien OAM, and is proudly supported by The Goodridge Family Foundation.

The Lifehouse Choir

There are many benefits from singing: physically, emotionally and socially.

Singing can:

  • lower stress and recharge your immune system.
  • benefit our hearts and circulation by improving our aerobic capacity
  • help to reduce anxiety
  • enhance mood
  • increase feelings of wellbeing
  • provide opportunities to meet and join in a fun activity with others

Singing is an ageless enjoyment – you are never too young or old. No auditions or prior training are needed to join the Lifehouse Choir – all are welcome!

So go on, come and have fun with us, get singing and join the Lifehouse choir, run by Health Musician and pianist extraordinaire Robert Teicher and music therapist Jack Thomas.

Repertoire will include popular songs from all ages.

Drop in anytime. Free for all. All patients, carers and staff welcome.

Every Thursday 12.15pm till 1.15pm
COBLH, Main Foyer

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